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Later school start times next year will allow students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

Later school start times next year will allow  students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

HiLite Staff

May 21, 2020

On May 18, the Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) school board passed the resolution to move CHS and all CCS middle school start times from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.. The school day will end at 3:45 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. As numerous studies have shown, later start times are associated with several benefits,...

Meal assistance program helps families but should have clearer information

Meal assistance program helps families but should have clearer information

HiLite Staff

March 28, 2020

As schools and businesses close, many families are limited in ways to obtain food; however, the Carmel Clay School District was quick to assist via its meal assistance program. This program, which started on March 18, is primarily for students with free or reduced lunch. Families were to fill out a G...

In light of local, global outbreaks, administration must take steps to make school safer

In light of local, global outbreaks, administration must take steps to make school safer

March 20, 2020

The information in this issue—originally scheduled for publication on March 20—was written and produced prior to news regarding school cancellation from the COVID-19 virus. Some information may be outdated or inaccurate as a result. Student staff members worked hard to produce this content and,...

CHS should broaden standards of Distinguished Grad to better represent everyone

HiLite Staff

February 21, 2020

Unlike most high schools, CHS uses the Distinguished Grad program to recognize its top seniors each year. The system, which started more than ten years ago, allows students to  accumulate points and recognizes multiple, well-rounded seniors, instead of appointing the singular title of valedictorian. In ad...

Carmel Clay Schools district should better allocate funds to support competition-level clubs

Carmel Clay Schools district should better allocate funds to support competition-level clubs

January 23, 2020

TechHOUNDS. eSports Club. Science Olympiad. These are just a few of the many clubs offered at this school utilizing club dues as a form of funding. According to treasurer Catherine Ramsey, student-interest clubs at CHS are not funded by the Carmel Clay Schools district in any way, shape or form. Inste...

Reliability of internet connection at CHS could improve if students are able to directly report issues

Reliability of internet connection at CHS could improve if students are able to directly report issues

HiLite Staff

December 12, 2019

For most students, connecting to this school’s Wi-Fi is easy. All one needs to do is input the unique username and password made for the school’s computers in the appropriate blanks when prompted. Yet, once connected, many students complain that the Wi-Fi is slow in certain parts of the building...

Removal of shadowing policy leaves potential students without crucial experience

HiLite Staff

November 15, 2019

In the first nine weeks of this school year, CHS administration changed the school’s policy to no longer allow eighth graders to shadow our students. This change may come as a surprise to most. Shadowing is an option at a number of high schools around the state. It provides students with an opportun...

Sharing is Caring: Current parking pass distribution suffices but allowing students to share parking spaces would increase efficiency

HiLite Staff

October 24, 2019

In late September, the student services office distributed the remaining available parking passes by the school to applicable Transition to College Program (TCP) students. Questions of how many  were available and how they were assigned arose among students. According to Rita Winters, secretary of student services, there are five categories for student parking passes at the top ...

Brain Healthy: Administration hires first mental health coordinator to respond to crises in schools, benefit students

HiLite Staff

September 20, 2019

In June 2019, the Carmel Clay board of trustees hired the first mental health coordinator in our district, Stephanie Whiteside, to further its initiative of addressing mental health issues among Carmel Clay students. Whiteside will be responsible for providing critical advice about mental health, supporting counselors and social workers and overseeing the di...

Thoughtful Tech: Administration should make sure curriculum makes full use of new available technology

HiLite Staff

August 13, 2019

With adding various technologies like Canvas, CHS is continuing to increase its technological presence. This year, with the addition of more technology carts, CHS will introduce a two-to-one ratio of students to laptops. Next year, the district plans to have a one-to-one ratio. This transition is simila...

Locker Out: Proactive locker initiative benefits both students, administration

Locker Out: Proactive locker initiative benefits both students, administration

HiLite Staff

May 23, 2019

To meet the demands of the rising CHS student population,  administration is introducing a locker opt-out policy for the 2019-20 school year. This policy is directed at students who do not use their locker due to inconvenience or schedule demands. To opt out of a locker, students must submit their name, stu...

Keep It Clean: Students should consider others’ health, maintain cleanliness of CHS restrooms

Keep It Clean: Students should consider others’ health, maintain cleanliness of CHS restrooms

HiLite Staff

April 19, 2019

For the most part at this school, students are granted the privilege of using the restroom whenever they feel the need to. With the exception of some teachers’ judgements and bathroom passes, students  will almost never come across strict administrative scrutiny for traveling to a bathroom. However, wit...